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Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Bill Jennings — Water Officials Purposely Disregarded Issues

From the Stockton Record:

“The summer of 2013 was a bad one for fish in the San Joaquin River Delta, and California Sportfishing Protection Alliance Executive Director Bill Jennings says state water pollution cops exacerbated the situation by quietly promising they wouldn’t enforce state water quality standards.

“In particular, Jennings points to a May 29 letter from California Water Quality Control Board Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson to top officials for the State Water Project and the California operations of the U.S.

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Commentary: Why I’m Still Confused About Proposed Tunnels in Delta

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Peter Gleick:

“I and my colleagues at the Pacific Institute have worked on California water issues for more than a quarter of a century.
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Blog: New Suspense Flick on Delta

From the California WaterBlog, but the UC Center for Watershed Sciences:

“Postcard from the Delta (2013) 5 min 40 sec – Rated G – Suspense Director: Todd Dayton Cast: Jay Lund, Daniel Wilson The sea is rising and the land is sinking. Aging levees are giving way.”

Read more from the California WaterBlog


Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta Tunnel Fight to Be Long, Costly, Panelists Warn

From the Stockton Record:

“Delta advocates rallied the faithful on Monday, warning at a special forum that legislators and the public must be prepared for a water fight that could drag on for years.

“Gov. Jerry Brown’s $24.5 billion twin tunnels plan is expected to be formally unveiled in December.”

Read more from the Stockton Record


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Editorial: No New Water Via Twin Tunnels? Plan has Other Idea

From the Redding Record Searchlight:

“Proponents of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan — the multibillion-dollar effort to both restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and replumb it to pipe Sacramento River water south — frequently claim the project isn’t about taking any new water from the North State, but merely ensuring the existing supplies flow more reliably and predictably.

“Well, maybe. But if they ever get those predictable flows, the next thing folks down south will want is more water.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Water Officials in Sacramento Region Begin Weeklong Campaign to Draw Attention to Folsom Lake’s Future

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Water officials in the Sacramento region today begin a weeklong campaign to draw attention to Folsom Lake’s future. …

“The agencies are concerned about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, a $25 billion proposal by the state to build two giant water diversion tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

Read more from The Sacramento Bee


Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Coalition of Advocates to Tell Delta’s ‘Real Story’ Monday

From the Stockton Record:

“With Gov. Jerry Brown expected next month to formally propose his twin tunnels project, Stockton-area leaders say it’s time to tell the Delta’s “real story.”

“The Delta Coalition – a diverse group of local politicians, environmentalists, business and farming interests – will host a forum on Monday in the hope of educating both state lawmakers and the general public.”

Read more from the Stockton Record


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Cranes’ Delta Habitat in Peril?

From the Stockton Record:

“Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed water diversion tunnels would pass perhaps 150 feet beneath this very spot, raising questions among crane admirers how this majestic and ancient species – whose numbers have declined over the decades – could coexist with a multiyear industrial project of that magnitude.”

Read more from the Stockton Record


Aquafornia news Bay Delta Conservation Plan

BDCP Video: How Much Water?

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Informational Hearing on Water Bond Set for Oct. 30 in Indio

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“The Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee will hold an informational hearing Oct. 30 in Indio to gather regional perspectives on the 2014 water bond. …

“The Oct. 30 hearing is one in a series sponsored by the committee to focus on the Assembly water bond proposal, AB 1331 (Rendon). Additional hearings are planned for Dec.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Formal Public Review of BDCP, Environmental Documents to Begin Dec. 13

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“The public review draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and accompanying environmental documents are now expected to be released on Dec. 13 for a 120-day formal public review period, state officials announced in an update today [Oct. 28].
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News Release: Formal Public Review of BDCP and EIR/EIS to Begin Dec. 13, 2013

From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP):

“As a joint effort of state and federal agencies preparing the BDCP, the recent shutdown of the federal government and associated staff furloughs have delayed the development, review, and ultimately the release of the Public Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS).
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Commentary: Rep. Garamendi — Smart Water Plan Needed for California

From the Daily Democrat, in a commentary by Rep. John Garamendi:

“California’s aging water infrastructure is insufficient for our present and future needs. Unfortunately, the current Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its two massive tunnels is a destructive $25 billion boondoggle that won’t solve the problem. California can solve its water needs and end the water wars that pit north vs. south and water exporters vs.
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Commentary: The Balancing Act of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by David Sunding:

“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a voluntary search for common ground in one of the nation’s highest-stakes natural resource disputes.

“As a balancing act, the plan was not designed by economists. Yet it appears on track to becoming a sound investment for dozens of public water agencies and the California public at large.”

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Aquafornia news California WaterBlog in a post by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: ‘North Delta Arc’ Lifts Hope for Recovery of Native Fish

From the California WaterBlog in a post by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences:

“Matt Young and Denise De Carion thought they had seen about all there is of fish communities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. … In all their dozens of sampling runs, the story was the same: the Delta supports predominantly non-native species such as bass, catfish and bluegill sunfish – the garden variety found in almost any North American warm-water lake.

“Then, in 2011, the story changed.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Federal Shutdown Delays Release of Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From Capital Public Radio:

“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan includes the twin tunnel project to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California.

“The plan was supposed to be released for public review in mid-November. But now it won’t be released until mid-December.”

Read more from Capital Public Radio, or listen to the story


Aquafornia news Planning and Conservation League's Green Roots blog in a post by Rebecca Crebbin-Coates

Blog: Near-Term Tour Shows Projects – and Progress – in the Delta

From the Planning and Conservation League’s Green Roots blog in a post by Rebecca Crebbin-Coates:

“If you follow water policy, conflict and the Delta are nearly synonymous. Decades of tug-of-war between maintaining adequate in-Delta flows and exporting water south of the Delta have left stakeholders jaded and seemingly unable to find a mutual long-term solution.

“Last fall, these same stakeholders – environmentalists, water exporters, delta residents, and others – cautiously came together to see what they could agree on.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Business Journal

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Experts — State’s Economy Depends on Solving Water Woes

From the Sacramento Business Journal:

“The state’s $25 billion plan to fix the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is a start, experts told a group of civic, government and business leaders Monday. But much more work is needed to prevent water woes from devastating California’s economy in the long term.

“A workshop convened by the economic development organization Valley Vision, the Sacramento Metro Chamber and others brought leaders together to hear about California’ water challenges.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Waterway Closed Off to Help Salmon and Water Quality

From Capital Public Radio:

“Pete Lucero with the Bureau of Reclamation says it closed the Delta Cross Channel gates near Walnut Grove on Thursday and Friday and will likely close them again today. …

“The closure of the channel gates keeps Sacramento River salmon from migrating through Snodgrass Slough into the nearby Mokelumne River.”

Read more or listen to the story from Capital Public Radio


Aquafornia news Orange County Register in a commentary by Frank Mickadeit

Commentary: Delta Water Fight Starts in SoCal

From the Orange County Register in a commentary by Frank Mickadeit:

“Even as our reporter Pat Brennan was writing last Sunday’s huge front-page curtain-raiser on the state’s $25 billion proposal to radically alter the Sacramento Delta and send more water to Southern California, opposition was conferencing at an Irvine hotel.

“I was there.